Phillies starter Halladay says he’s fine
Roy Halladay is just fine despite ugly numbers.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner said he’s not injured and
criticized a report suggesting something may be wrong with him
because he’s struggled in spring training.
Halladay got rocked for five runs and seven hits before getting
yanked in the third inning of Philadelphia’s loss to Minnesota on
Wednesday. A report later surfaced quoting two unidentified scouts
expressing concern that Halladay’s velocity is down and his
sharpness is off.
”Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting,”
Halladay said Thursday. ”It couldn’t be further from the
Halladay, an eight-time All-Star, has a 10.56 ERA in three
spring starts. He acknowledged his velocity is down, but isn’t
worried because it’s still early.
”Yeah, I’m 34 and (with) 2,500 innings, it does take a while to
get going,” he said. ”I don’t pay attention to that. The older
you get, the more you throw, the longer it takes you to get
yourself going. When I came up, I threw 98. Last year, I was
throwing 92-93. It’s not unusual. When you get older, it takes you
longer. The more innings you throw, the more it takes to get
yourself going again.”
Halladay is 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA, 17 completes game and five
shutouts in his two seasons with the Phillies. He threw a perfect
game, a postseason no-hitter and won the NL Cy Young Award in
Halladay’s success makes people expect dominant performances
each time he takes the mound, even in meaningless exhibition games.
Many pitchers use spring training to work on different pitches,
grips, arm angles and various mechanics.
Halladay is no different. He understands the importance of
making sure he’s ready to go when the games matter, and even more
so, in the postseason because the Phillies have World
”I think it’s hard, the older you get and the more spring
trainings you’re around, you can try and have as much intensity as
you can, but it’s just not the same,” he said. ”I think once you
get closer and you’re really not working on stuff and you’re trying
to pitch, it’s a little different level of competition. It’s all
part of it. Would I like to be throwing 98 right now? Yeah. That
would be great. But I don’t expect that’s going to happen.”
Neither pitching coach Rich Dubee nor teammates are concerned
about Halladay’s rough spring.
”He’s a guy that can figure it out right away,” catcher Carlos
Ruiz said. ”It’s nothing we have to worry about because he said he